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TVA to lower levels at Watauga Lake for one month

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Property owners around Watauga Lake will get their wish. This winter, the Tennessee Valley authority will lower Watauga Reservoir beyond its normal winter drawdown by ten feet for a period of four weeks.

Property owners told TVA they needed to do repair and maintenance work after record rains over the summer twice sent the lake to record high levels.

The winter drawdown on TVA lakes is already underway.

The below normal levels will last only four weeks, then return to normal winter lake levels. 

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The following is a press release from the Tennessee Valley Authority:

TVA To Lower Watauga Reservoir for Shoreline Work

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. ― The Tennessee Valley Authority will lower Watauga Reservoir, located near Elizabethton, Tenn., beyond its normal winter drawdown so property owners can perform maintenance on their docks and waterfront property after record high lake levels this summer.

The reservoir will be pulled down nearly 10 feet below its normal winter pool, which is about 1,950 feet above sea level. After about four weeks, the lake will be allowed to rise to normal winter elevation. Refilling the lake for next summer's recreation should not be affected by this, and will depend as usual on rainfall and runoff in the spring

"Watauga set two all-time elevation records this year, in May and again in July," said Chuck Bach, general manager for TVA River Scheduling. "After a very wet year with high lake levels, local property owners and businesses have requested the drawdown so they can work on their docks and clean up private property near the shoreline."

Watauga property owners, dock owners and marina owners are encouraged to take advantage of these low-water conditions to complete shoreline cleanup or permitted stabilization efforts, or general dock maintenance on previously permitted structures. Any new shoreline work or dock alterations will require prior approval from TVA.

TVA reminds the public during this drawdown period that it is illegal to remove, disturb, dig or damage cultural artifacts on federal property, including land normally covered by water. The public is asked to leave in place any cultural or historic objects and to report anyone digging for artifacts by calling 1-800-824-3861.

The area surrounding Watauga Lake has received more than 47 inches of rainfall since January. The entire Tennessee Valley, which stretches from West Tennessee across northern Alabama to the mountains of upper East Tennessee, received over 53 inches of rainfall and almost 30 inches of runoff since January, which is 134 percent and 155 percent of normal, respectively.

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